Healthy Yards

In recent years, we’ve come to realize that traditional landscaping is not environmentally friendly.

We now know our yards must do more than look beautiful. They must also perform ecological functions. They must restore plant, bird and insect diversity. They must build and sustain microorganisms and nutrients in the soil. They must be free of chemical fertilizers and insecticides that pollute our soil and water, kill wildlife, and even endanger the health of our pets, our children, and ourselves. This understanding has big implications for our long-held beliefs about landscaping.

Traditional v. Healthy Landscaping

Traditional landscaping, which consists of lawn and ornamental plants imported from other countries and relies on pesticides, is dangerous to insects, wildlife and humans. This has long-term implications for our ecosystem.

Healthy landscaping, which is maintained with organic and natural fertilizers and native plants, restores diversity and ecological good health. Creating a healthy yard can seem daunting, but we have pulled together the following resources to help make understanding your yard and the solutions easier.

Do you have a healthy yard?

8 steps to a toxic free lawn

Organic Lawn 101

Read Your Weeds: A simple guide to creating a healthy lawn

Good News: You can join the restoration revolution with a Healthy Yard!

By making a few changes to your landscaping practices, you can help restore ecological health to our local, shared environment.

And as more people participate, Bronxville and beyond will be transformed into an environment that’s vibrant with gorgeous birds and butterflies, amazing insects, and rich, healthy soil.

Three Steps to a Healthy Yard

Eliminate Pesticides Transition from dangerous toxic contaminates to organic or natural treatments.

Landscape with Native Plants Plant flower and plant species that are best for the sun, soil and water conditions in our area and that can best support our pollinator population.

Mulch some or all your leaves Use mulch to help retain moisture and add nutrients to your garden beds. It doesn't have to look messy if you have it done properly!